I’m Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University, and Martin Frederiksen Fellow and Tutor of Ancient History at Worcester College, Oxford. This year (2019-2020), I’m lucky enough to be a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
I work on Mediterranean history and archaeology, with a particular interest in ancient North Africa, but I’ve published articles on topics from Roman imperialism to Athenian sculpture to Numidian architecture to Edwardian education, and I’ve co-edited essay collections on The Hellenistic West (with Jonathan Prag) and The Punic Mediterranean (with Nicholas Vella), as well as the collected articles of the late Peter Derow (with Andrew Erskine). My latest book, from Princeton University Press, is called ‘In Search of the Phoenicians‘, with French and Chinese translations in the works. I’m now writing a new book on ‘How the World Made the West’ – spoiler: not (just) out of ancient Greece and Rome – for Bloomsbury in the UK and Metropolitan in the USA. Find more on my academic research here, and more on my general writing here.
I have a BA in Classics from Oxford, and an MA and PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, where I also taught at San Quentin prison. I was a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome 2001-2, a Getty Villa Scholar in 2008, and in 2009 I won the Zvi Meitar/Vice-Chancellor Oxford University Research Prize in the Humanities. I served as Editor of the Papers of the British School at Rome 2008-2011, I co-direct the excavations at Utica (Tunisia) with Andrew Wilson and Elizabeth Fentress, and I co-direct the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies (Octopus) with Jonathan Prag. From 2010 to 2012, and then again in 2015, I was Vice-Provost of Worcester College, and from 2015 to 2017 I was an Associate Head of the Humanities Division at Oxford.